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WORLD DIABETES DAY

When is World Diabetes Day in 2020?

World Diabetes Day in 2020 is on the Saturday, 14th of Nov (11/14/2020).

World Diabetes Day is on the 319th day of 2020. There are 47 days left in the year.

World Diabetes Day Facts

  • Date: Nov 14, 2020
  • International
  • Also Called: Diabetes Day
  • Celebrations: Raise awaness through events, activities, seminars etc.
World Diabetes Day iImage Credit: health.mil

Do you know Diabetes affects more than 400 million adults across the world? According to statistics by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), about 642 million people will have Diabetes by the year 2040 if everything is to remain as it is today. In an attempt to deal with these worrying figures, the World Diabetes Day was established. Observed on November 14th every year, the day aims at spreading awareness about diabetes and ways to prevent it. The entire month of November is also regarded as the National World Diabetes Month.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a life-long disease that impacts how the body handles glucose, a type of sugar in the blood. Diabetes occurs when the blood glucose is too high. Blood sugar comes from the food we eat, and it is the primary energy source in th'e body. Although glucose is good for our body, too much of it in the blood causes health problems. Insulin which is a type of hormone made in the pancreas is responsible for helping glucose get absorbed into the blood cells and fuel the body with energy.

Symptoms of Diabetes

Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the age of the patient and the type of diabetes one has, these are the key symptoms in most diabetic persons. - Frequent urination - Increased hunger - Increased thirst - Blurred vision - Numbness or tingling of feet - Weight loss - Slow healing of wounds

Types of Diabetes

There are several types of diabetes. If little or no insulin is produced, it causes glucose to stay in the body without reaching the cells. The resultant is Type 1 diabetes. This type of diabetes is common in children and young adults. The patients require to take insulin every day to maintain the energy supply in the body.

Other times, the pancreas makes insulin, but the cells fail to use the insulin the right way. Doctors call it insulin resistance and it causes Type 2 diabetes. This is common in middle-aged and older people and accounts for about 90% of all World diabetic cases.

Gestational diabetes develops in pregnant women but goes away after the baby is born. However, women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes have a high chance of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. Other types of diabetes though rare include cystic fibrosis-related diabetes and monogenic diabetes which is a form of inherited diabetes.

History of World Diabetes Day

In 1991, the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) partnered and created the World Diabetes Day. The holiday was in response to the drastic rise of diabetic cases across the world. On December 20, 2006, the UN passed a resolution that designated November 14th as World Diabetes Day. The date was chosen since it marked Sir Frederick Banting's birthday. Banting discovered insulin and used it for the first time in humans. Following this, the first World Diabetes Day was celebrated on November 14, 2007, and has been observed annually since then.

By the year 2016, more than 160 countries and territories, as well as non-profit organizations, healthcare professionals, celebrities, and politicians, had embraced this initiative.

Every year, the International Diabetes Federation chooses a unique theme related to diabetes. Some of the past themes include diabetes and lifestyle, diabetes and human rights, diabetes and obesity, diabetes in children among other topics.

According to the WHO reports, approximately 422 million people worldwide live with diabetes, and nearly 4 million of them die every year. For this reason, the objectives of World Diabetes Day are two: - To promote the IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year - To encourage the essence of collective efforts to face diabetes as one of the most critical global health issues

How to Celebrate World Diabetes Day

Get yourself tested of Diabetes on this day. If you have any traces of the diabetes symptoms as mentioned above, it's high time you know your diabetes status. Additionally, if you are underweight or obese, consult a doctor since you are at a higher risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. So, use World Diabetes Day as a reminder to get tested.

Learn about ways to lower your risk of developing diabetes. Take the initiative to eat healthily, exercise regularly, eliminate processed and foods with high sugar content in your diet and most importantly, monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels regularly.

You can also participate in World Diabetes Day awareness events and activities happening near you. The American Diabetes Association runs fundraising activities across the US as a way to deal with the diabetes menace. Take the opportunity to give your donations and also encourage others to give funds for the noble course. Remember to wear blue wristbands, ribbons or t-shirts since blue is the color that represents diabetes.

World Diabetes Day Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Thu
  • Nov 14, 2019
  • Wed
  • Nov 14, 2018
  • Tue
  • Nov 14, 2017
  • Sat
  • Nov 14, 2020

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2020

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
WednesdayWedJan 01, 2020Jan 01Global Family Day
SaturdaySatJan 04, 2020Jan 04World Braille Day
SaturdaySatJan 11, 2020Jan 11International Thank-You Day
ThursdayThuJan 30, 2020Jan 30World Leprosy Day
WednesdayWedFeb 12, 2020Feb 12Darwin Day
FridayFriFeb 21, 2020Feb 21International Mother Language Day
SaturdaySatFeb 22, 2020Feb 22World Thinking Day
SundaySunMar 01, 2020Mar 01International Day of the Seal
SundaySunMar 08, 2020Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 20, 2020Mar 20World Frog Day
SaturdaySatMar 21, 2020Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
SundaySunMar 22, 2020Mar 22World Water Day
MondayMonMar 23, 2020Mar 23World Meteorological Day
TuesdayTueMar 24, 2020Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 28, 2020Mar 28Earth Hour
ThursdayThuApr 02, 2020Apr 02International Children's Book Day
TuesdayTueApr 07, 2020Apr 07World Health Day
SundaySunApr 12, 2020Apr 12Yuri's Night
ThursdayThuApr 16, 2020Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
TuesdayTueApr 21, 2020Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
WednesdayWedApr 22, 2020Apr 22Earth Day
ThursdayThuApr 23, 2020Apr 23World Book Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Penguin Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Malaria Day
SundaySunMay 03, 2020May 03World Press Freedom Day
TuesdayTueMay 05, 2020May 05International Midwives Day
FridayFriMay 08, 2020May 08World Red Cross Day
SundaySunMay 10, 2020May 10World Lupus Day
TuesdayTueMay 12, 2020May 12International Nurses Day
WednesdayWedMay 13, 2020May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
FridayFriMay 15, 2020May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 18, 2020May 18International Museum Day
ThursdayThuMay 21, 2020May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
FridayFriMay 22, 2020May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 23, 2020May 23World Turtle Day
SundaySunMay 24, 2020May 24World Schizophrenia Day
MondayMonMay 25, 2020May 25Towel Day
SundaySunMay 31, 2020May 31World No-Tobacco Day
WednesdayWedJun 03, 2020Jun 03World Bicycle Day
FridayFriJun 05, 2020Jun 05World Environment Day
MondayMonJun 08, 2020Jun 08World Ocean Day
SundaySunJun 14, 2020Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
TuesdayTueJun 16, 2020Jun 16International Day of the African Child
WednesdayWedJun 17, 2020Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SaturdaySatJun 20, 2020Jun 20World Refugee Day
SundaySunJun 21, 2020Jun 21International Yoga Day
FridayFriJun 26, 2020Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
SaturdaySatJul 11, 2020Jul 11World Population Day
ThursdayThuJul 16, 2020Jul 16World Snake Day
TuesdayTueJul 28, 2020Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
ThursdayThuJul 30, 2020Jul 30International Friendship Day
SaturdaySatAug 08, 2020Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
SundaySunAug 09, 2020Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
MondayMonAug 10, 2020Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
WednesdayWedAug 12, 2020Aug 12International Youth Day
ThursdayThuAug 13, 2020Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
FridayFriAug 14, 2020Aug 14World Lizard Day
SundaySunAug 23, 2020Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
TuesdayTueSep 08, 2020Sep 08International Literacy Day
SundaySunSep 13, 2020Sep 13International Chocolate Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15Software Freedom Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15International Day of Democracy
WednesdayWedSep 16, 2020Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
SaturdaySatSep 19, 2020Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
MondayMonSep 21, 2020Sep 21World Gratitude Day
TuesdayTueSep 22, 2020Sep 22World Car-Free Day
TuesdayTueSep 29, 2020Sep 29Inventors Day
ThursdayThuOct 01, 2020Oct 01International Music Day
FridayFriOct 02, 2020Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
SaturdaySatOct 03, 2020Oct 03World Temperance Day
SundaySunOct 04, 2020Oct 04World Animal Day
MondayMonOct 05, 2020Oct 05World Teacher's Day
SaturdaySatOct 10, 2020Oct 10World Mental Health Day
FridayFriOct 16, 2020Oct 16World Food Day
SaturdaySatOct 17, 2020Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
SaturdaySatOct 24, 2020Oct 24United Nations Day
ThursdayThuOct 29, 2020Oct 29International Internet Day
SundaySunNov 08, 2020Nov 08World Town Planning Day
SaturdaySatNov 14, 2020Nov 14World Diabetes Day
MondayMonNov 16, 2020Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
ThursdayThuNov 19, 2020Nov 19World Toilet Day
SaturdaySatNov 21, 2020Nov 21World Television Day
WednesdayWedNov 25, 2020Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
MondayMonNov 30, 2020Nov 30International Computer Security Day
TuesdayTueDec 01, 2020Dec 01World Aids Day
WednesdayWedDec 02, 2020Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
SaturdaySatDec 05, 2020Dec 05International Volunteers Day
MondayMonDec 07, 2020Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
ThursdayThuDec 10, 2020Dec 10Human Rights Day